19th November 1955
FA Cup 1st Round
Coventry City v Exeter City
And in the Southern League
Exeter City Reserves v Gravesend
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 19TH: REES HEADS WINNING GOAL.
CITY WIN FIRST ROUND CUP TIE AT COVENTRY.
Early morning frost and fog cleared away before the kick-off at the Coventry City ground today, where Exeter City were F.A. Cup First Round visitors. The Highfield Road pitch had been covered with straw and the soft, yielding ground was in perfect condition for football.
COVENTRY:- Matthews; Austin, Timmins; Harvey, Kirk, Simpson; Moore, Uphill, Collindridge, Sambrook, Johnson. EXETER CITY:- Hunter; Parr, Mitchell, Davey, Harvey, Dunne; Simpson, John, Burke, Murphy, Rees.
REFEREE:- Mr A. Bond of Fulham.
This was the Crystal Palace game all over again. Exeter defended hard and with great spirit against an "all-out" attacking side, and then, three minutes before half-time Rees scored a fine opportunist goal. Murphy centred from the right and Rees flung himself forward to head the ball into the net. Not one man in the City defence let the side down, and the two players who must be singled out for special mention are Hunter and Parr. Both of them played through the game without a fault. In fact the whole Exeter team should themselves to be a battling bunch of cup fighters. The attendance was 17,919. Coventry 0 Exeter City 1.
Exeter City Res. v Gravesend
WHITESIDE IN CITY RESERVES TEAM.
Exeter City have signed William Roy Whiteside, an inside left, from the Irish League club Portadown, on amateur forms. He was born in Belfast on September 24th 1935 and is said to be an accomplished player in any forward position. He was included in the reserve team's line-up today against Gravesend at St James's Park.
City Reserves:- Kelly; Walton, Foley; Houghton, Packer, Marsh; Thomas, Worthington, Sword, Buckle, R.Whiteside.
Gravesend:- Heathcote; Lewis, Chambers; Logie, English, Gibbons;
Scarth, Carson, Davis, Stewart, Bradley.
In the 23rd minute Buckle beat Logie and cut in through the defence to side-foot the ball past Heathcote. The ball struck the foot of the post and as it rolled slowly back Sword ran in to score a simple goal. Five minutes before half-time Exeter were awarded a penalty for hands by English. Whiteside took the kick and placed a beautiful drive past Heathcote from the spot.
Exeter City Reserves 2 Gravesend nil.
- By far the biggest cheer of the afternoon went up when it was announced that the first-team had won their cup-tie at Coventry.